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Southern Oregon University

Theatre Teacher Training Faculty

Staging the Musical

Penny Metropulos has directed for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for eighteen seasons. She was OSF Associate Artistic Director from 1996 to 2007. In addition to OSF, Penny has directed for regional theatre companies across the US. In 2010, Penny will direct the OSF production of Henry IV Part One and Romeo and Juliet, a co-production of The Acting Company and The Guthrie Theatre.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival directing credits include Comedy of Errors (a Western Musical, premier Production 2008) adapted from Shakespeare by Penny Metropulos; Tracy's Tiger adapted from the Saroyan Novella (premier production 2007); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adapted by David Edgar; The Philanderer by G.B. Shaw with additional "Olios" created by Penny Metropulos; Humble Boy; Lorca in a Green Dress by Nilo Cruz (World Premier 2003); Antony and Cleopatra (for twelve actors) co-adapted from Shakespeare by Penny Metropulos and Douglas Langworthy; As You Like It; The Tempest; The Night of the Iguana; The Good Person Of Szechuan; The Three Musketeers adapted from the Dumas novel (premier production 1999); A Midsummer Night's Dream with original music by Ralph Towner And "Oregon"; Death of a Salesman; Timon of Athens co-edited by Penny Metropulos and Barry Kraft; Cabaret Verboten; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; and Restoration.

Additional directing credits include The Trip to Bountiful, You Can't Take It with You, and Quilters for Denver Theatre Center (2007- 09); Up and Picasso at the Lapin Agile for Syracuse Stage (2009); The Misanthrope for Arena Stage (2002); The Two Gentleman of Verona for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (2000); Missing Persons (world premier) for Berkeley Repertory Theatre (1996); Candida for Intiman Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company (1995); Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, Richard II, and The Two Gentlemen ofVerona for California Shakespeare Festival (1991-94); Othello and Twelfth Night for The Acting Company (1992 and 1998); and Light Up The Sky and A Christmas Carol for Alabama Shakespeare Festival (1994 and 1995).

On the producer's advisory board of The Acting Company since 1998, Penny has created numerous adaptations for their young audience's program as well as for the OSF school visit program. Other adaptations and publications include Comedy of Errors, Tracy's Tiger, and The Three Musketeers, all of which premiered at OSF. She was the founder, and executive director from 1976 to 1982, of the Encompass Outreach Program for the Arizona Theatre Company. Penny has been a resident actress for OSF (three seasons), Arizona Theatre Company (eight seasons), Manitoba Theatre Company (one season), and Dallas Theatre Center (three seasons).

Penny has been a guest lecturer at SOU, Syracuse University, University of Houston, Cornell University, Denver Center Theatre Center Conservatory, University of California San Diego, Arizona State University, and Humboldt State College. She received her training from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Dallas Theatre Center Conservatory.

 

In 2010 Penny joined G Val Thomas to teach the elective course The Director and the Rehearsal Process.

 

Penny Metropulos